One Iowa proudly provides a list of resources for LGBTQ Iowans and allies. Inclusion on our website does not warrant or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or outcome. You must fully vet each resource.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced on February 23, 2015 a Final Rule to revise the definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) in light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, which found section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. The Final Rule amends the definition of spouse so that eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. More information is available at the Wage and Hour Division’s FMLA Final Rule Website.

Adoption Resources

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has compiled a series of questions to ask yourself before you start the adoption process.

HRC’s overview of adoption options.

LGBT friendly adoption services:
AdoptionHelp.org
AdoptionOpen.com
LifeLongAdoptions.com
PotentialParents.com

Foster Parenting

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) created a brief overview about fostering and what foster parents can expect from the process.

To become a foster parent in the state of Iowa, you must go through the Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA). On the IFAPA site, you can find the necessary DHS forms as well as a foster parent handbook to start the process of becoming a foster parent.

Sperm Banks

Currently there is one sperm bank in the state of Iowa at the University of Iowa hospital in Iowa City.